A Strange Strategy for Success~

Down in Willow for for the Northern Lights 300, and I have been staying with my good friends TC and Dave; Odaroloc Kennels, whom I can’t thank enough for all they are doing to help me and the team for this race. Taking a minute before we eat dinner and get me to bed early to do a  quick blog and let everyone know how we are doing. Before I reveal my success strategy lets do an update.

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Holiday Wish List

Ribdon and Thistle are 2 of the dogs who will be joining me on the Northern Lights 300

Ribdon and Thistle are 2 of the dogs who will be joining me on the Northern Lights 300

Or as the case may Drop Bag Wish List, as the holidays are long gone.  Well except for my birthday which is Jan 23, and I plan on celebrating it this year by running the Northern Lights 300, a wonderful 300 mile race where I get to see new trails with my dogs, Happy Birthday to Me!

But on my return I will have a very important focus, acquiring and assembling all the many things that go into preparing and packing my Drop Bags for Iditarod.

The annual “wish list” started as a suggestion from friends who were wanting a way to help the kennel, but were not in a position to sponsor an entire checkpoint (which I totally understand). And drop bags provide the perfect opportunity for people who want to get involved to do so at a critical time. Traditionally the list includes items we use in large quantities and a few specialty items that would be great to have, but are not priority so we often do not have the extra funds to splurge on them. Continue reading

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More catching up to do.

So with the most important thing – giving thanks for all the support we are receiving, done I can now move on to sharing other news people missed cause I was out of touch~

I have joked before that at Dew Claw we do not celebrate holidays because it conflicts with mushing season. But really I am only half joking. Many a holiday rolls by unnoticed  around here, as we are working on getting the team ready for our races.  Winter really is crunch time for mushers, and if you are going to try and compete in one of the most difficult long distance events in the world**  you need to be ready to make that goal your primary commitment.  OK sometimes I do miss things like ‘girls nights out’ or going to the movies with friends.  But I have always asserted that when I want things like that more then I want to be on the trail with my dogs then I will make that choice, till then… Dogs First!
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Long overdue post…

First lets address the obvious question…  “where has Jodi been?”  Like everything in my life there is no simple or short answer, but I will try.

Training run on the Denali Highway - longer runs and the team is looking great.

Training run on the Denali Highway – longer runs and the team is looking great.

First, we are smack dab in the middle of training season = Crazy busy. Long training runs and lots of race preparations mean we are always on the go.  But lets be honest, that is really no excuse for leaving all our friends and supporters in the dark for so long. Which leads to…

Second, technology hates me!!!  OK maybe it isn’t personal, but sometimes it sure feel like it is. Our blog, where I try to share our dog filled life, got hacked.  So if you were here and it appeared that Dew Claw Kennel was selling Viagra; we are not! Continue reading

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Things I am really really happy about~

Well folks, I have been a  bad blogger, and I am here to ask your forgiveness. Plus recent events have inspired me to come inside and sit at the laptop long enough to share some of the Dew Claw excitement. Continue reading

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A work in progress

Always looking ahead

Always looking ahead

The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

And things are moving forward in many ways right now at Dew Claw. Of course training the dogs is the main focus; and as the miles add up and the team comes together things are looking good.  But there is much more to kennel management then training, and it keeps us busy.

Recently we were very lucky to have Dr Tamara Rose – T. Rose Veterinary Service out to the kennel for our annual fall wellness visit. Continue reading

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